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Fr. George Xalxo R.I.P

By Fr. Ashok Kujur
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New Delhi, May. 9. The Salesian Province of New Delhi bid adieu to one of her illustrious sons, Fr. George Xalxo, sdb (60), who went to his eternal reward on May 6, 2011. He was bedridden for almost two and half years after having a second stroke on 20th August 2008. On 6th May morning he was found to have difficulty in breathing and vomiting and was taken for treatment and showed improvement. He was given the anointing of the sick but following a relapse, he passed away at 3.15 pm on the feast day of St. Dominic Savio.
The funeral service began at 2.30 PM at Christ the King Church, Hesag, Ranch, with a solemn Holy Eucharist presided over by Fr. Michael Peedikayil, the Provincial. Around 700 family members and 35 priests were present for his last rites. The Church at Hatia was packed to its capacity.
After the communion, a boy representing the youth, his younger brother representing the Xalxo family and relatives, a member of the Catholic Sabha representing the faithful, Fr. Charles Lobo (former provincial) representing the Salesian province of New Delhi paid homage to him and recounted personal experiences.  

The life of Fr. George Xalso was a life well lived for others. An approachable man with a heart filled with love, compassion and generosity for the people, he had a knack of befriending people from all walks of life. ''He is man you can't get angry with ''was the constant refrain from many people. He had a pocket with a hole in it. Money came and money went. He was generous, often much to the dismay of the bursar. But he would say: ''The more you give, the more you get''. True to his words, he was ready to beg for his boys and the faithful. He had a fantastic memory and would remember the names of people, places and events at will. Fr. Shilanand, the Vice Provincial, in his homily highlighted some of the qualities of Fr. George, among them his attachment to his vocation ''He was an extremely gifted player of football and hockey. So much so, Dunlop Tyres of Hooghly, Kolkata, offered him a lucrative job, if he were to leave the seminary and join their club. But he declined. For him, following his Salesian Vocation was more important than following a secular vocation,''  recounted Fr. Shilanand. A man good at heart, he has nurtured many Salesian vocations. May his soul rest in peace.

Fr. George was born on 21 November 1949 and after initial studies in his native place, was admitted to the minor seminary in Bandel and later did his novitiate in Shillong where he professed as a Salesian cleric on 7 June 1972. He was ordained on 30 January 1982. He exercised his Salesian Priestly ministry in many parishes and Salesian institutions of Bengal, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh. It was while he was Parish priest in Jumaikela that he had his second stroke in 2008 and has been bed ridden ever since. He was treated in Ranchi and cared for in the house of Hesag, Hatia, by the community and with the help of the ''Disciples'' of Fr. Joe D'Souza.

Fr George Xalxo will continue to inspire the confreres of the Salesian Province of New Delhi to serve the Lord and the young with generosity.



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